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'''Jane Austen''' (; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of Romance novel|romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her Literary realism|realism, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.Southam, "Criticism, 1870–1940", ''The Jane Austen Companion'', 102. Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry.Lascelles, 2; for detail on "lower fringes", see Collins, ix–x. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading....
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Birth placeSteventon, Hampshire|Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England
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Death placeWinchester, Hampshire, England
Resting placeWinchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England
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Alma mater| period = 1787 to 1809–11
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